DIY blackhead remedies for vibrant skin
A blackhead blitz behind closed doors will get things unclogged
IHATE blackheads. Blackheads are simply hair follicles that have become clogged with dirt and oil and reflect the light to show a ‘black head’.
Here are some of our best blackhead treatments you can do in the privacy of your own home, that don’t cost a fortune.
Make your own pore strips: In a microwave proof bowl place one teaspoon of gelatin and one teaspoon of milk and mix together (if too dry add a few more drops of milk). Microwave on high for 10 seconds. When the mixture is cool enough apply it to the trouble area (the nose is a great place to start).
Wait 10 minutes for it to set and pull away gently from the skin.
Scrubs: Scrubs will gently exfoliate your skin without being too harsh. Lemon Scrub – This lemon scrub is gentle and also tones your skin. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to a tablespoon of white sugar, and apply the mixture to the area and very gently (using circular motions) exfoliate the area. Rinse and moisturise as normal. Just note that if you use lemon on your skin it can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays and you may get sunburnt.
Blackhead treatment masks: For normal to dry skin types, natural yogurt mask – Make a paste of one tablespoon of plain yogurt with two tablespoons of rolled oats. Apply to cleansed and damp skin and wait 10 minutes or until totally dried and remove with a damp cloth. Doing this inexpensive mask at least once a week really helps get rid of that excess oil.
Cucumber mask – Grate some cucumber and apply to your face (you might need to be lying down for this one). This mask is refreshing and a great pick-me-up suitable for all skin types.
For oily skin: Beat an egg white until foaming and mix enough rolled oats to make a paste and apply. Brew some green tea and let it cool in the fridge, and use it as an after mask toner. Nice and gentle.
Cooking some rice? Save the rice water – it makes a terrific face mask and is great for blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
A mask made from a paste of bicarb and water is great for pimples on the chest and upper arms. Be very gentle if you use this on your face.
Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stayathomemum.com.au
You’ll find all the ingredients for an inexpensive home facial in your kitchen.